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Video Clip of The Week: Low Cut Connie, “Hey! Little Child”


In the midst of a summer tour with OC Punk legends Social Distortion and upcoming festival appearances, Philadelphia band Low Cut Connie has just released this nostalgia-inspiring video for their cover of Alex Chilton’s “Hey! Little Child.” I think it’s the perfect song for the somewhat intangible mood that accompanies the start of summer.

Of their choice to cover the tune, LCC frontman Adam Weiner admits, “Alex Chilton is one of my songwriting heroes. What a mercurial genius! We recorded our version of ‘Hey! Little Child’ in the same room in Ardent Studios where he did the original. We are on the road constantly and spend a lot of time in divey bars talking to local yokels and shooting pool. Roy Power and his crew had the good sense to hang with us a couple nights snapping pictures of the band in our scruffy off-stage moments. It may be my favorite LCC video yet.”

“Hey! Little Child” can be found on Low Cut Connie’s recently released fifth album Dirty Pictures (Part 2), which was just named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2018 so far. In his four-star review, David Fricke called the record “a stand-alone triumph of missionary zeal.” I don’t know that means, exactly, but if Fricke said it, it’s some kind of big deal. Tour Dates are below! Enjoy!

Low Cut Connie Summer Tour Dates:
6/15: Winnetka, IL – Winnetka Music Fest
6/16: Minneapolis, MN – Rock The Garden
6/27: Columbus, OH – Express Live! #
6/28: Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub #
6/30: Pittsburgh, PA – WYEP Summer Music Festival
7/02: Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre #
7/04: Denver, CO – Fox Street Compound #
7/06: Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot #
7/07: Boise, ID – Knitting Factory #
7/08: Bend, OR – Midtown Ballroom #
7/10: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory #
7/11: Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre #
7/12: Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre #
7/14: Bozeman, MT – Live From The Divide
7/17: Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
7/18: Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
7/28: Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
8/3-5: Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
8/24: Detroit, MI – El Club %
9/02: Bethlehem, PA – Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks
9/15: Los Angeles, CA – Vintage Vibe Festival
9/21-23: Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
9/22-23: Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music Festival
9/28: Philadelphia, PA – Philly Music Fest
# – with Social Distortion
% – with Tank and the Bangas
Low Cut Connie Album Cover
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Video Clip of The Week: Wolf Alice, “Space & Time”


What up, Bitches! This week, London-based rockers Wolf Alice provide the Sunday Jam with their brand new music video for “Space & Time,” which was directed by the band’s lead singer Ellie Rowsell, wow! This video is remarkable for how much it coveys with very little need to know the backstory and virtually no bells and whistles to distract you from what is essentially 3 minutes and 17 seconds of Rowsell playing a runaway bride —  and I must add I am impressed by her stamina! Aurally,  “Space & Time” embraces a feverish, tribal punkiness that recalls a hybid of Kenickie and Siousxie and The Banshees. Yes, I just typed that. High fives all around on this one.

“Space & Time” can be found  on Wolf Alice’s latest album Visions Of A Life, which is available now at all digital retail providers via Dirty Hit/RCA Records! Enjoy!

Wolf Alice Band
Wolf Alice Are: Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis

Video Clip of The Week: ASG, “Execution Thirst”


Do you like to Rock? I sure do. And while I often try to provide you with a gentler segue into consciousness to make up for all of the intense Saturday night partying that you are (hopefully) doing, this being the Sunday of a leisurely long Holiday weekend, I figured you’ve  slept-in and can handle a little headbanging this morning, or this afternoon, whichever time it is for you. You’re welcome.

This week’s Sunday Jam comes to this space from North Carolina riff-rockers ASG, who share the official video for their song “Execution Thirst.” To me, ASG sound like Perry Farrell fronting Turbo Negro. If that sounds exciting to you, it should. It seems that fans of music that rocks hard enough to crack a skull have been gradually desensitized by longterm exposure to the relentless shitty lameness of some modern music that would attempt to slip in under the Hard Rock mantel, but don’t be fooled: ASG is, as they say, the Real Deal. We’re talking thunderous, propulsive drumming and riffs that would make Lemmy smile down from heaven. Visually, the clip is and artfully-directed black and white montage of tour footage that cuts between the band performing onstage is front a crown that really gets is, and images of a dessert landscape. The entire clip clocks in at just under three minutes. Excellent.

“Execution Thirst” can be found on ASG‘s sixth full-length release (and their first new album in five years!), Survive Sunrise, which is due out on June 8th, 2018 via Relapse Records. You can order it now at This Link! Enjoy!

ASG Album Art

Video Clip of The Week: Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, “The May Queen” (Live)


Do you like Led Zeppelin? I sure do. You may be excited to know that the legendary, and eternally soulful, Robert Plant, backed by his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, has released a new, live video for the song “The May Queen,” which is this week’s Sunday Jam. The video was shot during a performance at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, England, during the group’s sold-out UK tour in November of 2017. I’m not going to say too much else about it except to say that it is pretty sweet, and you can listen/watch and judge for yourself. Because Led Zeppelin! “The May Queen” is the fourth in a series of videos from the new album filmed at this same concert, and is directed by Ryan Mackfall while being produced by Crashburn Media.

“The May Queen” can be found on Plant’s latest album, Carry Fire</strong> released by Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records in October of 2017. Enjoy!

Robert Plant Carry Fire

Video Clip of The Week: Arthur Buck, “Are You Electrified?”


Singer / Songwriter and fine artist Joseph Arthur and former REM guitarist Peter Buck are a couple of guys who don’t need a little blog like The ‘Gig to give them press, because they are both hugely successful in their own rights. But this space is never about obligation, but rather it is about what is desired in the moment when I go hunting through my ridiculously clogged in-box to pick out your Sunday Jam. Because I love Jospeh Arthur to pieces, and R.E.M. were a band of  immeasurable importance to me back in my college days, so it is my pleasure to turn you on to their new thing, Arthur Buck, and the paisley-powered-powered video for “Are You Electrified?”, which is all kinds of crazy great. In addition to live-action footage of Joe and Peter, the video also feature Joe’s original artwork!

The Arthur Buck collaboration was established after the pair met up in Mexico near the end of 2017. They wrote eight songs in three days and on the fourth day, performed them for a handful of Baja locals near Buck’s home. Arthur says, “My first thought was, ‘Hey, I’ll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I’m working on!’ So I started showing him songs. But he was like, ‘That’s cool. Now check this out.’ And he started playing chords and whatnot. So I put my guitar down and began singing over his changes, and it was magical. It was easy. And these great songs just started popping out.”

Since their initial meeting, the pair have been steadily working on their debut with basic tracks being recorded at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, OR with Arthur producing at his studio in Brooklyn, NY. The vibrant collection captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project – right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that begins the proceedings – with sounds and styles mashed together in a unique and interesting manner. “It was all new songs, and it was spontaneous,” Buck says. “And the great thing about working that way was that it didn’t have to be anything in particular. It was liberated from any expectation. It was free.”

The two musicians have a history that stretches back decades; among other pairings, Arthur opened many shows for R.E.M. in the early 2000s, while Buck has backed Arthur on numerous occasions. Both Arthur and Buck have said that these songs differ from their other recording projects and while speaking with Rolling Stone last month, Buck said “It was really spontaneous and kind of magical in its own way, as [being in Mexico] we were kind of disconnected from everything.” Arthur added, “All of a sudden it was like I had this musical partner and friend, and that relieved the music of the burden of the self, if that makes sense.” Of his new bandmate, Buck stated, “Joe is going through that searching period we all go through in life. And those experiences he’s having make this a very forward-looking record, lyrically. The music has a questing kind of feel. We were making it up as we went along.”

Arthur Buck will be released  on June 15th, 2018 via New West Records. Enjoy!

Arthur Buck 2

Video Clip of The Week: Skating Polly, “Hollywood Factory”

Here in NYC, it looks like we are going to go straight from Winter into Summer, and the warm (read: Hot) weather cannot come soon enough, I tell you. I love this week’s Video Clip, “Hollywood Factory” from the rad LA-based punk/pop trio Skating Polly because it reminds me of the endless summer that is life in Southern California. Sometimes I wonder why I ever left.

Filmed in various southland locations that include Hollywood Blvd, someone’s backyard pool, and a soundstage where you get to witness Skating Polly rocking out in all of their their glam punk glory, this vibrant take down of the Star Making Machine will appeal to fans of mixed- gender combos from Hole to Kenickie. Not to mention, but you can see I am about , drummer Kurtis Mayo is playing an Amber Vistalite kit, and we know who else played that same kit, don’t we?  Hint: he was in LED ZEPPELIN, bitches!

“Hollywood Factory” can be found on the Skating Polly’s forthcoming studio album The Make It All Show, due out May 4th, 2018 (aka Star Wars Day!) on El Camino Media. The album was produced by the legendary Brad Wood, who’s worked with everyone (Google him). Tour dates are below! Enjoy!

Skating Polly Band

Skatin Polly Upcoming Tour Dates!

May 2nd @ The Camel in Richmond, VA
May 3rd @ Kings in Raleigh, NC
May 4th @ Tin Roof in Charleston, SC
May 5th @ Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL
May 6th @ Vinyl in Pensacola, FL
May 8th @ Stubb’s Indoor in Austin, TX
May 9th @ Three Links in Dallas, TX
May 11th @ Marquis Theater in Denver, CO
May 12th @ Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO
May 14th @ RecordBar in Kansas City, MO
May 15th @ Raccoon Motel in Davenport, IA
May 17th @ Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL
May 18th @ Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI
May 19th @ Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
June 1st @ Opolis in Norman, OK
June 2nd @ Replay Lounge in Lawrence, KS
June 3rd @ Monocle in St. Louis, MO
June 5th @ High Watt in Nashville, TN
June 6th @ Milestone Club in Charlotte, NC
June 7th @ DC9 in Washington, DC
June 8th @ Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
June 9th @ Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA
June 10th @ Once Lounge and Ballroom in Somerville, MA
June 12th @ Funhouse at Mr. Small’s in Pittsburgh, PA
June 13th @ Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH
June 15th @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis, MN
June 16th @ Reverb in Omaha, NE

Video Clip of The Week: Neighbor Lady, “Let It Bleed”

Sometimes, the only quality a song needs to make it into this column is that I like the way it sounds, and the way the video makes me feel. If you’ve ever tried to imagine what Echo and The Bunnymen’s “Killing Moon” would sound like reimagined as a country song, I suggest it might sound a lot like Neighbor Lady’s “Let It Bleed” — a minor chord masterpiece that captures and conveys a lifetime of memories in under four minutes. Wow.

Visually,“Let It Bleed” (which has nothing in common with the Rolling Stones‘ song of the same name) follows a lonely little robot who attempts to integrate with society, but eventually self-destructs, Or something like that. The story is definitely open to interpretation, so individual mileage may vary.

Atlanta based Neighbor Lady is comprised of vocalist / songwriter Emily Braden, Jack Blauvelt (Guitar), Merideth Hanscom (Bass), and Andrew McFarland (Drums), and the band (which began as began Braden’s solo project) has been called a missing link between indie-rock and classic country western. Braden reveals that, lyrically, her songs chronicle events in her personal life and her emotions surrounding those events. I feel her.

“Let It Bleed” can be found on Neighbor Lady’s debut album, Maybe Later, out May 11th, 2018 on Friendship Fever. Enjoy!

Neighbor Lady Band